VALHALLA< N.Y. -- A ceremony was held Thursday for 147 graduates of eight Firefighter I classes held throughout the past year.
The graduates are members of 49 different volunteer fire agencies -- 47 fire departments in Westchester and two from outside the county (including three graduates from Patterson Fire Department in Putnam County).
The Firefighter I curriculum requires 87 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction. There's an additional nine hours of training for a Firefighter Survival class: so graduates obtain two certificates from their training.
Firefighter I introduces firefighting concepts, practices and techniques necessary for success within the fire service, including: fire department organization, firefighter safety, fire behavior, personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, fire extinguishers, building searches, forcible entry, ground ladders, ventilation, hose practices fire streams and loss control.
Also: incident command, building construction, ropes/knots, rescue procedures, forcible entry applications, ventilation practices, fire extinguisher applications, suppression of structural fire, tactics, vehicle suppression, water supply, loss control, fire cause determination, fire department communications, fire suppression systems, hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, confined space safety and fire prevention practices.